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Congestion and Public Capital

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  • Fisher, Walter H.

    (Department of Economics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

  • Turnovsky, Stephen J.

    (Department of Economics, University of Washington)

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This paper analyzes the impact of public investment on the dynamics of private capital formation in an intertemporal optimizing market-clearing framework. The key feature characterizing the analysis is that the public good is treated as a durable capital good, subject to congestion. We show how in the presence of congestion the effect of government investment on private capital formation involves a tradeoff between the degree of substitution between private and public capital in production and the degree of congestion. Both lump-sum and distortionary tax financing are considered, with this tradeoff being tightened in the latter case.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 47.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jul 1997
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:47

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  1. Bishnu, Monisankar & Ghate, Chetan & Gopalakrishnan, Pawan, 2011. "Distortionary Taxes and Public Investment in a Model of Endogenous Investment Specific Technological Change," MPRA Paper 34111, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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